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STADIUM TALES IN THREE CANADIAN CITIES
Published September 20, 1994
TORONTO: The Raptors have "issued what is apparently a deadline of 10 days hence for Cadillac Fairview to agree to terms on the sale of a parcel of land" where the team plans to put its new arena. If there is no agreement, the team will look at alternative sites. The Raptors still intend to begin construction in early '95. A spokesperson for the Cadillac dealer said, "There is still the expectation that a deal will get concluded." One snag is deciding who pays for demolition of a nearby parking lot, and what to do with the cinema currently there (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 9/20). WINNIPEG: The City Council tonight will see plans to build a new arena near The Forks in downtown Winnipeg. This proposal differs from an earlier recommendation which said a new arena should be built next to the Convention Centre. The new site is "being proposed by a group of 44 business people, headed by John Loewen, who have joined in a bid" to keep the NHL Jets from leaving the city. The group is pushing for an immediate decision so it can meet its May 1 deadline of selling 3,000 premium seats in the new 16,000- seat arena. They are also asking for C$11.75M worth of city owned land to be donated for the project, and C$2.2M to help finance a new rink (CANADIAN PRESS, 9/20). CALGARY: CFL Stampeders owner Larry Ryckman is working on a deal to remain in Calgary if a new lease can be reached at McMahon Stadium or if the province agrees to extend a C$950,000 lottery based marketing agreement. If an agreement can't be reach, Ryckman is "on the verge" of signing a deal to move the team to the Alamodome in San Antonio (Kelly Taylor, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 9/19).